Summer Cushions – do we need them?

I think this one has passed me by – it’s the phenomena of changing your cushions in the summer.  Since writing blogs I’ve started to read more about trends in interiors and generally….. taking more notice.  And one thing I have noticed is people seem to have a set of summer cushions.  This includes a neighbour of mine who recently switched them into her living room, and don’t get me wrong they look great😘. I just didn’t realise this was something you were supposed to do.

I don’t know about you but I have great trouble selecting cushions in the first place, it’s more complicated than you think….

  • Should they all match, colour, size, shape? (in my opinion no).
  • How many cushions should you have? (plenty, but not sooo many they end up on the floor).
  • How much money should you spend? (shop around, cushion can be v expensive)

……… to sum it up, a soft furnishing nightmare, and that’s before you start to think about where you store your winter cushions 😧

Buts let’s not worry too much about all of the above, I’ve decided the reason I’ve missed out on this practice is come the summer I’m more outside than in. For me it’s the time of year when my living room gets used the least and becomes a corridor to the garden. So maybe I need to be thinking more about what cushions would look great in the garden? Now I’ve stumbled on another minefield as I usually grab a cushion from the living room on the way out.  Oh no I’m embarking on a vicious circle of cushions situation here – I’d better stop.

If however I were going to change my cushions for the summer, and maybe after writing this I clearly should, these are the ones I would give serious consideration.

These cushions from Habitat at £12 each for a small cushion are an economical option for brightening up your room (these are in fact the ones my neighbour has).

Habitat summer cushion

Stating the obvious, John Lewis sell cushions and have an interesting selection they claim can also be used outdoors. Can something be waterproof and comfy for the sofa, I don’t want to feel I’m cuddling up to a plastic bag? Hmm I need to investigate further. This one below is retailing for £12, it’s the Country Stripe Outdoor Cushion and a good size for the price.

John Lewis summer cushion (2)The next is a leafy design that certainly goes with this year’s theme of greenery in the home.  It’s the Cabbage Palm Leaf sold by Redbubble, with graphic designed by Adam Fahey, £23 for a medium cushion.  This is an interesting supplier where artists can get their designs on everyday products. I’ve never bought anything from Redbubble before so can’t comment on quality or service, but some great designs and worth a look.

Redbubble summer cushion (2)

A finally the blue Palayam Cushion Cover extra large  from OKA £36 cover only. I love a large cushion and although this one is not as zingy as some of the others it brings texture and says dusky, lazy summer evenings to me.  It’s my favourite.

OKA summer cushion 2


Do you have cushion dilemmas or is it just me?


Categories: cushions, interior design, living room, soft furnishings

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